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implicate

[im-pli-keyt] /ˈɪm plɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), implicated, implicating.
1.
to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner:
to be implicated in a crime.
2.
to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
3.
to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence:
The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
4.
Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.
Origin of implicate
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin implicātus past participle of implicāre to interweave, equivalent to im- im-1 + plicā(re) to ply2 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unimplicated, adjective
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  • We have never been able to learn of the trial of any one implicated.

    A History of Oregon, 1792-1849 William Henry Gray
  • But not a single Republican was implicated in the raid—not one.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Opposition is expected from the members of Parliament who are implicated in the outrages.Daily Press.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • For he too—say what he would—was implicated, he had listened and had chattered a little himself.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • You are not implicated, I saw to that, and I've not told where I got the ladder.

British Dictionary definitions for implicated

implicate

/ˈɪmplɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to show to be involved, esp in a crime
2.
to involve as a necessary inference; imply: his protest implicated censure by the authorities
3.
to affect intimately: this news implicates my decision
4.
(rare) to intertwine or entangle
Derived Forms
implicative (ɪmˈplɪkətɪv) adjective
implicatively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for implicated

implicate

v.

early 15c., "to convey in a fable;" c.1600, "intertwine, wreathe," from Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare "to involve, entwine" (see implication). Meaning "involve a person in a crime, charge, etc.," is from 1797. Related: Implicated; implicating.

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